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Thinning Bones? Are you doing anything for it?

by Priyanka Joshi | March 06, 2018

A normal healthy bone has smaller spaces on its inner side. The increase in the size of these spaces leads to loss of bone strength and density. This condition is called Osteoporosis and is the most common metabolic bone condition that affects a larger population, especially as they age. It is characterized by low bone mass which if not taken care of leads to thin and weak bones and consequently worsens and provokes fractures mainly to the spine, hip and forearm. 

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NeuScience

Science is ever-expanding, and each day brings new research and insights in the fascinating field of Nutrition and Human Health. Our academic researchers sift through the plethora of information, and in this section, we bring to you simplified Nutrition News that you can use.

Oral Microflora helps Lower Blood Pressure

Oral Microflora helps Lower Blood Pressure

The environment present in the human mouth allows the growth of certain microorganisms. These oral florae have been related to lowering the Blood Pressure.

A small trial assessed the effect the Oral microflora on the blood pressure.

19 healthy subjects were assessed for Oral nitrate-reducing capacity and nitrite levels for 7 days. Post 7 days they were given Chlorhexidine-based Antiseptic Mouthwash which they had to use for consecutive 7 days and Oral nitrate-reducing capacity and nitrite levels were measured again.

Antiseptic mouthwash treatment

Reduced oral nitrite production by 90%

Reduced plasma nitrite levels by 25%

Increased Systolic and diastolic blood pressure from the 1st day of use of Antiseptic mouthwash

Also, the patients who were made to spit out saliva did not show the blood pressure reducing effect.

Mechanism: Oral Bacteria, usually located at the back of the tongue, release Nitrate Reductase enzyme which transforms the dietary Nitrates to Nitrites. Nitrites re-enters the body as the saliva is swallowed. Nitric Oxide, produced by the endothelium, relaxes the blood vessels leading to blood pressure lowering effect.

Thus, oral bacteria helps in recycling the nitrates, increases nitrites and helps control blood pressure

THE STONE-AGE MENU TO THE RESCUE

THE STONE-AGE MENU TO THE RESCUE

Over the years, human eating has evolved and has moved towards convenient eating. As a result, there is a steep increase in chronic diseases and lifestyle disorders, commonly known as the diseases of civilization. Paleolithic Diet is said to have better genetic adaptability and help optimize the physiological and metabolic status.

A study published in European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2009 assessed the effect of Paleolithic diet on the metabolic parameters.

The participants consumed their usual diet for 3 days, followed by High potassium and High fiber diet for 7 days and then the Paleolithic type diet (The Hunter Gatherer diet) comprising of lean meat, fruits, vegetables and nuts for 10 days. The Paleolithic diet excluded foods such as cereal grains, dairy and legumes.

A short-term consumption of Paleolithic diet had positive results and almost every participant experienced a significant reduction in

• Blood Pressure associated with improved arterial distensibility

Plasma insulin levels, thus improving insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance

Total cholesterol

Low-density lipoproteins (LDL)

Triglycerides

The Hunter – Gatherer diet consistently improved status of circulatory, carbohydrate and lipid metabolism and overall physiology without weight loss in healthy sedentary humans in less than 2 weeks

We say: Following a Paleolithic diet is about developing a new way of living. Make it a permanent lifestyle change not just a temporary change in food choices. Combine it with moderate physical activity to reap maximum benefits.

GREEN TEA REDUCED THE RISK OF RICE-INDUCED DIABETES

GREEN TEA REDUCED THE RISK OF RICE-INDUCED DIABETES

A recent study published in Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition in May 2017 showed that daily green tea consumption (more than 7 cups) reduced risk of type 2 diabetes in Rice consuming women. Why is this so relevant? Because, rice is the staple food of most Indian population. Rice is a high Glycemic Index food with a GI of 85, thus the release of sugar is very quick, leading to hyperglycemia and Glucose intolerance in high-risk population. The study has assessed the association between green tea consumption and risk of diabetes. It was observed that-

• Women who consumed white rice were at risk of Diabetes
• The set of women who also consumed Green tea led to lowering the risk of Diabetes

We Say- Vitrovea’s Green tea extract has the highest standardization at 98% polyphenols. Just 1 softgel gives 70% catechins and 45% EGCG which is equal to 5 cups of Green tea. Apart from fatloss and detox, here is one more reason to take 1-2 softgels of Vitrovea’s Green tea extract every day.

Coffee: An anti-ageing Drink!

Coffee: An anti-ageing Drink!

Ageing is a natural process that we all go through as we get older. However, you may have noticed that some people look too old for their age and some look younger than what they are! This is the play of factors like stress, toxins and other biological functions that govern ageing.

A study published in Nutrition Journal highlighted the anti-ageing effects of coffee consumption. Coffee, one of the most consumed brewed drinks, is loaded with antioxidants and beneficial nutrients that can improve your health.

The possible mechanisms by which Coffee can bring anti-ageing effect are

Polyphenols in coffee are potent antioxidants which prevent the oxidation of DNA, proteins and lipids, thus reduces cell damage
Decrease in ageing factors like hepatic total mTOR and p-mTOR levels
• Increase in adenosine triphosphate (ATP) levels leading to boost in energy
• Decrease in risk for severe depression and improving quality of life

We say: 1 to 2 cups of black coffee a day coupled with an antioxidant rich diet and regular exercise is the key!

After all age is just a number

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Nutrition Police

We talk Only Sense. Only Science. In this section, NCNR experts uncover scientific facts that bust the most common nutrition beliefs and myths.

Foods Labelled as Zero Trans-Fat Are Actually Trans-fat Free

Foods Labelled as Zero Trans-Fat Are Actually Trans-fat Free

January 31 , 2018
Understand why you should always read the ingredient list on foods labelled "zero grams trans fat”

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Nutrition Police Case Files #4: Fruit Juices Are Healthy

Nutrition Police Case Files #4: Fruit Juices Are Healthy

January 15 , 2016

NCNR nutritionists believe that the “pure” and “100% natural” fruit juices aren't as healthy as they are touted to be and are the real culprits behind fat gain. Find out why..


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Nutrition Police Case Files #3: Saturated Fats Damage Your Heart

Nutrition Police Case Files #3: Saturated Fats Damage Your Heart

January 24 , 2016

Saturated fats have always been accused of increasing blood cholesterol levels and the risk of heart disease. The NCNR team decided to investigate and give you the real truth behind the accusation.


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Recipes

You never actually go on a diet – it is a lifestyle change. And the major struggle is how to achieve the correct nutrient profile for our fitness goals. In this section, we offer carefully hand-picked recipes to support the need of the hour – high-protein, low-carb meals. And yes, they taste good too.

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Diet Plans

There is a high Prevalence of lifestyle related diseases now more than ever – with one of the major causes being poor dietary habits. Read here about the true facts behind famous diets. Discover healthy diet plans with us that can seamlessly fit into your goal- oriented dietary regimen.

Intermittent Fasting - More of a lifestyle change than diet!

Intermittent Fasting - More of a lifestyle change than diet!

When you want to lose all that extra weight, you’ll surely think about dieting. And when it comes to dieting, we all know that what we eat matters – eating fewer calories than you expend will slim you down. One of the ideas that has been trending in the weight loss sphere is Intermittent Fasting.
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The Paleo Diet

The Paleo Diet

The Paleo diet is, without a doubt, one of the most talked about diets in the world. But, unlike most diet fads, the Paleo diet has endured because it makes nutritional sense.

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The Vegan Athlete- A Myth!

The Vegan Athlete- A Myth!

The vegetarian lobby has always tried to wrongfully convince us that the presence of animal source Protein in a diet geared towards improvement in performance & body composition is unnecessary.

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Making our Cultural Diets work.

Making our Cultural Diets work.

We Indians love our FOOD! And, although we are proud of our food culture, can we integrate it within a goal oriented dietary regimen? Yes you can.

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Nutripedia

A custom-made encyclopedia of Nutrition and Food Science terminology, painstakingly made in-house. Read up on clean, crisp and informative definitions from A-Z here.

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